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A Surf and Skate shop in Melbourne Beach, FL

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I just wish the surf in Florida had been as cooperative as the staff at Catalyst

  • Jan 30, 2010
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It was time.  I'd taken my licks at El Porto, gone down the line at Bolsa Chica, and even ventured up to Ventura and beyond -- With a trip to Florida in my future, I decided it was time to take my surfing bi-coastal.  While stopping in for the "best burrito ever", I asked about a place where I could rent a surfboard to try out the Florida waves.  I was directed to the Catalyst surf shop just a block down the street towards the water.

The Catalyst surf shop was a pretty unassuming building on Ocean Avenue.  Had I not been looking for it, I'm not sure I would have stumbled across it on my own.  Inside, the store seemed to have a wide assortment of surf and skate apparel.  I saw quite a few skateboards, but no surfboards - at least in the front area -- it's quite possible the surfboards were in the back, or just pushed aside for the winter season.

I asked about renting a board and I was told they had a pretty wide selection of sizes ranging from short to long to foam.  I was told all boards were $20/day.  I went with the 9' 2" (the longest they had that day) as the surf was reported as "FLAT". (I'd come this far, I was going out in the water even if I could only practice floating).  It was near the end of the day, so they said I could take the board out for a few hours and they'd either pro-rate me for a partial day or let me come back in the morning to grab the board for a few more hours.  After they took a copy of my license and credit card, I was on my way.  They even tossed in a bar of wax.

Unfortunately, the surf report was accurate, and there wasn't much going on in the water.  I managed to catch a couple REALLY short rides (ankle slappers), but that was about it.  Fortunately, for the price, I didn't regret making the effort at all.

Considering how much airlines charge now to transport surfboards (or even luggage for that matter), I'll definitely be returning to Catalyst for a rental on my future Florida trips.
I just wish the surf in Florida had been as cooperative as the staff at Catalyst

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January 30, 2010
where are the surf pics!? come on drewski.
January 30, 2010
Draw a horizontal line on a piece of paper... that's what the surf looked like :-) Pictures are sure to come!
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 A surf and skate shop in Melbourne Beach, FL


209 Ocean Avenue
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

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